Canadian Nuclear Society Annual Conference, Calgary, May 31-June 3

    CALGARY, June 1 /CNW/ - The Canadian Nuclear Society will hold its annual
conference at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, Sunday to Wednesday, May
31-June 3, 2009.
    "New Nuclear Frontiers" is the theme for this year's gathering of nuclear
industry experts from across Canada and around the world. This theme reflects
both a growing interest in nuclear technology outside its traditional regions
of implementation, as well as the exciting advancements taking place within
Canada's nuclear science and technology community in order to meet these
    It is fitting that this year's conference is being held in Alberta, which
has lead the wave of interest in nuclear technology in Canada's west. It is a
province with enormous potential for nuclear energy, in both the traditional
electricity-generation and the resource extraction sectors. At this critical
time in the evolution of the Canadian nuclear industry, Canada's national
nuclear society takes its annual conference to the New Frontier itself.
    Topics for discussion at this conference will include: the nuclear
renaissance in Canada and around the world, recent developments at Canadian
utilities, plans for plant refurbishment and new build, and uranium supply and
enrichment issues. As well, a special "Western Focus Seminar" will run in
parallel all three days, intended to introduce Western decision makers to
nuclear technology. For business, energy, and science reporters this
conference offers an insight into major nuclear projects and an opportunity to
meet leaders in the nuclear sector. A few of the many conference highlights
are listed below (more details at
    Media passes are available to accredited journalists at the conference
registration desk (access to luncheons does not include food).

    Monday, June 1:

      08:30 Keynote Address: Hon. Mel Knight, Alberta Minister of Energy

      08:50 Plenary Session 1, "Review of Canadian and Global Nuclear Energy

        09:00 USA & Global Nuclear Update, A. Laferrère(President & CEO,
        AREVA Canada Inc.)

        09:20 Ontario - B. Robinson (Senior Vice President, Nuclear Programs
        & Training, Ontario Power Generation)

        10:10 New Brunswick: D. Hay (President & CEO, New Brunswick Power)

        10:30 Saskatchewan: R.Florizone (Chair, Saskatchewan Uranium Value-
        Added Partnership Task Force)

        10:50 Alberta: Hon. H. Andre (Chair, Alberta Expert Panel on Nuclear

        11:20 Canada's Nuclear Opportunity: 60 Years in the Making,H.
        MacDiarmid (President &CEO,AECL)

      11:50 Conference Luncheon - Speaker: Hon. Bill Boyd (Minister of Energy
      and Resources, Saskatchewan)

    Tuesday, June 2:

      11:50 Luncheon & W.B. Lewis Lecture - The Future Nuclear Vision, D.
      Torgerson (Senior Technical Advisor, AECL)

      13:50 Plenary Session 2, "Uranium Mining Developments":

        14:00 Cameco: Vertically Integrated Uranium Mining Company, J.
        Grandey (President and CEO, Cameco)

        14:15 Junior Mining Company: D. Falconer (VP, Corporate Dev., Aurora
        Energy Resources Inc.)

        14:30 Mining Consultant: N. Carter (The Ux Consulting Company, LLC)

      15:20 Plenary Session 3, "New Frontiers in Nuclear Technology":

        15:30 Oil Sands Development - New Technologies, G. Lambert (VP
        Sustainable Development, Suncor Energy Inc.)

        15:45 Sustainable Energy for the Future, R. Duffey (Principal
        Scientist, AECL)

        16:00 Medical Isotopes, S. West (President, MDS Nordion)

        16:15 Safety Management Systems, J. Waddington (Former Director
        General, CNSC)

    Wednesday, June 3:

      11:50 Luncheon - Speaker TBA.

      13:50 Plenary 4, "CANDU Refurbishment Update":

        14:00 Bruce A, Units 1 & 2, D. Hawthorne (President & CEO, Bruce

        14:15 Point Lepreau, G. Thomas (VP, Nuclear, New Brunswick Power)

        14:30 Wolsong 1, T.H. Lee (Vice-President, Maintenance Planning &
        Engineering Dept., KHNP)

        14:45 Gentilly-2, C. Drouin (Deputy Director, Gentilly-2
        Refurbishment Project, Hydro-Québec)

      16:00 Plenary 5, "Energy and Nuclear Regulation in Canada":

        16:10 Interprovincial and International Electricity Transmission, S.
        Leggett (Vice Chair, National Energy Board)

        16:25 The Development of the Alberta Electricity Grid, S. Thon
        (President & CEO, AltaLink)

        16:40 Development of the Siting Process for Long-Term Management of
        Canada's Used Nuclear Fuel, S. Russell, Acting Vice President, APM
        Technology, NWMO

        16:55 Major Projects Management Office, P. Jennings (Assistant Deputy
        Minister, MPMO, NRCan)

    In addition, this year a special "Western Focus Seminar" runs in parallel
during the three days, with the following topic areas:

    Monday, June 1, 13:50 to 16:50, Plenary Session WF1: "Introduction to New
    Nuclear Frontiers"

    Tuesday, June 2, 8:00 to 11:30, Parallel Session WF2: "Nuclear Reactors
    and the Oil Sands"

    Tuesday, June 2, 8:00 to 11:30, Parallel Session WF3: "New Reactor

    Wednesday, June 3, 8:00 to 11:30, Parallel Session WF4: "Licensing,
    Construction, Education, Research"

    Wednesday, June 3, 8:00 to 11:30, Parallel Session WF5: "New Reactor
    Concepts and Community Support"

For further information:

For further information: Media contact/spokesperson: Dr. Jeremy
Whitlock, cell: (613) 639-5261, email:

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